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Comment: Re:How is maintenance performed? (Score 1) 147

by cdrudge (#48933179) Attached to: Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

Other than fire suppression, is there any other practical advantage to locating a datacenter underground?

Surface natural disasters wouldn't have an impact. So you don't need to worry about storms, wind, hurricanes, tornados, etc. Terrorism, explosions, etc also are minimized, at least from outside sources. Physical security is also improved. Cooling may be easier depending on how it's constructed to utilize more consistent temperatures...but that could also work against you if you don't have enough cooling as you can't just run another refrigerant line through a wall to outside.

Comment: Re:Add noise (Score 0) 86

by cdrudge (#48931309) Attached to: Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

I was working at a defense contractor in the '80's when the whole "Tempest" program started.

Really it's amazing how easy it is for people to forget things like Van Eck phreaking have been around for going on three decades now

No, I don't thing people are forgetting things have been going on for three decades...

Comment: Re:Amateurs... (Score 1) 367

by cdrudge (#48931125) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

They're probably going to leave behind stained money, as it is of no use to them. The bank, on the other hand, of course will re-deposit their own stained money....

No, they'll do the same thing that banks in the US do when they have a dye pack that goes off. They ship it back to the fed reserve and it gets replaced.

But what if they would find out that there is MORE stained money found in the debris than there was inside?

In what way would that benefit a thief to leave money, stained or not, at a crime scene?

Sounds to me like either a source for lulz or a way to wash (somehow literally) dirty money. (with a little inside help of course)

Nevermind. I didn't realize you were the actors in Office Space that had to look up the dictionary definition of money laundering.

Money laundering only works if you get the "clean" money back after it's been "laundered". If you have a guy on the inside that would get the money after it's been replaced, whether it's extra or not, it's not money laundering. It's just plain theft. And you wouldn't even need to go through hassle of laundering it, they would just steal it to begin with.

Comment: Re:It's about time (Score 1) 323

Well, presumably they need the account information to determine if the accusation is valid or not, although as many others have pointed out, why can't they use the alleged victim's account. Regardless, any action shouldn't come until the accused has had their due process. If all it took was an accusation and refusal to share their credentials to be "sentenced" to a year of no social media access and/or public service, the system would be guaranteed to be abused.

Comment: Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (Score 2) 180

by cdrudge (#48815189) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

You still need a case - and the mini ITX cases generally come without power supplies. You could likely get this with case and power supply for under $200 but not by a lot.

A M350 mini-ITX case runs $37 on Amazon. Presuming the power supply isn't some stupid proprietary design, $5-10 for a power supply. I did exactly this for a Intel miniITX HTPC that used a laptop charger as the power supply.

Comment: Re:This could be fun.... (Score 1) 164

by cdrudge (#48815143) Attached to: Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

To which I would have said that it's up to you, the manufacturer or it's representative, to prove that the use of an "unauthorized" hard drive caused the NIC to fail. It's just like using non-OEM parts or fluids in a car for a repair, it doesn't void the warranty if the non-OEM part didn't contribute to the failure that otherwise would have been covered.

All this presumes that you're in the US jurisdiction and that it was an actual warranty and not just a service contract people thing are warranty. FTC information as it pertains to auto repair, but the same applies for other types of warranties.

Comment: Re:Just hire a CPA (Score 1) 450

If they only make $350 in the side-gig why the hell would you report it?

Because some people are honest. Because while you may not report it, it may show up on someone else's taxes as a deduction/business expense. Because some people do many sub-$350 side jobs. Because some people don't want to take the risk if/when they do get audited that $350 makes a difference.

If a professional tax preparer told clients that if it's sub-$600 to just sweep it under the rug, I'd find a new professional tax preparer.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen